This ’93 Chevrolet Silverado Restomod is a Tribute to Granddad
I have long held the belief that in life, we become who we are not by what we like or the clothes we wear, but by the people closest and most dear to us. Our mothers, our fathers, our siblings, and of course, our grandparents. Speaking from experience, the lessons I learned from my grandpa can more than outweigh any pile of textbooks, any day. And I’m not alone in that mindset. Auto enthusiast Don Mosley learned a great deal from his granddad too, John Mosley, a Gulf Oil man from Blue Ridge, Georgia. Don fondly remembers just how his grandpa’s Gulf service truck used to look back in the day as well, so when this ’93 Chevrolet Silverado came up for sale… he knew just what he was going to do with it. Don gave the Chevy a mechanical makeover inside and graced it with his grandpa’s Gulf logo and old service phone number on the outside. It’s a fitting tribute to a grandpa so loved, so we asked to learn a bit more about his work truck. Here’s what he had to say. RELATED: Check Out the All-New 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1
So Don, where did the Chevy come from?
I purchased the 1993 Chevrolet Silverado, a local one-owner truck, from a gentleman I work with. I had hounded him for years to buy the pickup, all with no luck, but then he finally sold it to me after he bought a new Chevy Colorado.
I've always loved this body style and I had owned one before with NASCAR SB2 running gear. I just really wanted to build a shop truck using the ’88 to ’98 Chevy 1500 platform.
Nice buy! Did it need any work?
I started taking it apart as soon as I got it home. Everything is new from the front grille to the tips of the exhaust… except for the paint. I really wanted that patina look, then I adorned the doors with the same logo and phone number from my grandfather’s old Gulf Oil service truck.
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What started as a stock 194,000 mile Chevrolet Silverado sure took a drastic turn! I put a new GM Vortec crate engine in, along with a 700R4 transmission, MSD ignition, Holley fuel injection system, Hooker headers and Magnaflow stainless steel exhaust, Richmond 3.73 gears, American Racing Torq Thrust wheels, an all-new BellTech suspension with shocks, new brakes, and new bearings. Lastly, the Gulf Oil logo and phone number were hand painted on and distressed.
Looks fantastic! Anything you’d change?
The only thing I would change is instead of installing the new Vortec 350ci engine and 700R4 transmission, I would have gone with the newer LS-series 5.3-liter V8 and 4L60E transmission. It seems that's the "go to" running gear for the hot rod community.
The only accessory I would want for the truck would be blue dots in the tail lights. The nostalgic look of those would really be the icing on the cake for me.
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What does it feel like on the road?
It's a fun truck to drive since basically everything is new on it and everything works like it did from the factory. Handles great, runs great, and gets a lot of attention especially with the old school Gulf logo.
Did you give it a name?
Yes, “Skipper” is the truck’s name. I have a custom Chevrolet S-10 Blazer named “Dusty Crophopper" from Disney's Planes so it was fitting to have this one named “Skipper” too.
Special thanks to Don for sharing his neat Chevrolet Silverado shop truck!
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